Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018

Big 5

Legislators get 5 Lake Okeechobee reservoir plans

Progress Report on SFWMD Implementation of Senate Bill 10. (South Florida Water Management District)

SFWMD

TCPalm & South Florida Water Management District

The Florida Legislature now has five plans, including two “best buys,” for the reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee to consider. All five plans outlined in the South Florida Water Management District report would be built almost entirely on land already owned by the state. The district and the Army Corps of Engineers are scheduled to submit a final report to the assistant secretary for Civil Works in March.

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Florida on offshore oil drilling deal: Not it

Miami Herald & The Hill

Florida Gov. Rick Scott met with U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke at the airport in Tallahassee last week, yielding a declaration that Florida was “off the table” for new offshore oil drilling. The announcement brought relief to the Hurricane Irma-ravaged state but drew the ire of other coastline governors, most of whom have opposed the expanded drilling plan.

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Gulf's coral reefs dodged Harvey’s bullet, for now

Houston Public Media

Scientists think the Texas Tax Day Floods in 2016 had a negative impact on the Flower Garden Banks, coral reefs in the Gulf of Mexico. So, Hurricane Harvey must have been even worse, right? Not necessarily. Researchers from NOAA and Texas universities have studied the coral reefs in the, and, so far, not too bad.

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